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A Special Evening For Young Referees

 

 

The Lancashire Referees Association Youth Council is holding a special launch event at the County Ground in Leyland on Tuesday 28th October starting at 7pm prompt.

 

The guest speaker is Select Group referee Bobby Madley.  There will be hot food, quiz and a raffle for a signed premier league referees shirt ……… best of all it's all free.

 

All referees aged 25 and under, are welcome to attend and places are booked through your local Referees Society.

 

If you are interested in attending what should be an excellent event, please contact our Society Secretary Ed Duckworth on 07582 237450 or e-mail him on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

 

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This year’s Remembrance Sunday on 10 November 2014 will mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, and I am sure that many clubs & referees will mark the occasion with a minute’s silence.

The Lancashire Sunday League has been able to source a company which produces a self-adhesive woven poppy patch, which is easily applied and can be worn for the match and then removed afterwards with no damage to the shirt.

The patches are of a high quality and there are two different options, the traditional red poppy or a commemoration maroon poppy with the legend 1914 - 2014. 

They cost £1 each, of which 60p per poppy is donated to the Royal British Legion.

Several referees have made enquiries about getting one since the details went on the Sunday League website on Monday.  http://www.lancssundayleague.co.uk/

The poppies will have to be paid for in advance and I will take orders and collect the money at the Society Meeting on Mon 6 October, and the poppies will be available for collection at the Society Meeting on Mon 3 November.

Regards

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all had a good summer, and are ready for the start of the new season.

Currently we have only received membership renewal fees from just 111 members (See Membership Page). which means that over 70 members from last season have not yet re-registered.

This is particularly disappointing as the renewal date was 1st April 2014, some four months ago.

Referees are reminded that priority will be given to paid members of the society in the some of the local leagues. This is to ensure that leagues are being represented not only by suitably qualified referees who are up to date with current guidance, but you are also covered by insurance.

Any queries please contact the society treasurer Alan Stuttard  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

NB: Our first meeting of season 2014/15 is on Monday 1st September 2014 at BAC/EE Club.

 

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

 

 

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 Ollie Holden, Harry McDonnell, Ellie Ditchfield & Jason Parr

 

Four of the Society’s Development Group referees, Ellie Ditchfield, Ollie Holden, Harry McDonnell and Jason Parr were busy controlling PNE Academy games at UCLan Sports Arena on Sunday 27 July.

 

PNE Academy bosses Nick Harrison and Stuart Delaney, were quick to praise all our young officials who had taken charge of academy games last season for the way that they had performed and conducted themselves.

 

Referee of the year Mark Doherty appoints the officials to Academy games on behalf of the Society.

 

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

 

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To participate in 'Youth / Junior' football, the law states you MUST have an “Accepted” CRC (Criminal Records Check) dated within the last three years. If you have not, then you are breaking the law. Effectively this means you need to be applying NOW to ensure the disclosure is returned in time in order to allow you to referee Youth /Junior football in 2014/15.

 

Below is some guidance on the reasons behind the introduction of this legislation. If you officiate on any form of Youth / Junior football it is vital that you read the following information.

 

 

If you have any queries about the process, or your eligibility, please contact Neil Yates on 01772 624000 or via  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Eamonn

 

 

Society Chairman

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Law 4 - The Players Equipment

 

Headgear permitted as worn by Monty Panesar (Left)/ Headgear NOT permitted (Middle/Right)

 

1. Modern protective equipment (…) permitted.

 

Where head covers are worn, they must: 

 

  • Be black or of the same main colour as the jersey (provided that the players of the same team wear the same colour)  
  • Be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  • Not be attached to the jersey
  • Not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g. opening/closing mechanism around neck)
  • Not have any part(s) extending out from the surface (protruding elements)

 

2. Basic compulsory equipment

 

  • The basic compulsory equipment must NOT have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.
  • The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.

All forms of players equipment or clothing must NOT have any Slogans of any kind

 

3. Undergarments

 

  • Players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer logo.
  • A player/team of a player that reveals an undergarment that shows political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturers’ logo will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.

 

If you require any further advice or guidance on this directive please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

 

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The penalty signal is to cease with immediate effect


Some assistant referees use a flag across the chest to signal a penalty kick. This signal is not in the Laws of the Game and is not approved by FIFA, UEFA and The FA.

 

Use of the signal draws unnecessary attention to the assistant referee which can create dissent and management problems. It also potentially creates conflict if used at the same time as the referee is indicating/deciding not to award a penalty kick. 


The FA Referees’ Committee (in consultation with PGMOL) has thus decided that this signal should no longer be used and the following procedure should be adopted.

 

PENALTY KICK

When a foul is committed by a defending player near to or inside the penalty area, the assistant referee should first make eye contact with the referee to establish their position and actions.

 

In situations where It is clear that the referee has not seen the foul, and the assistant referee is better placed to make the judgement, and a flag signal is necessary to indicate publicly that a foul has taken place, the actions of the assistant referee should be as follows:

 

If the foul is INSIDE the penalty area, the assistant referee should raise the flag in the same hand that will be used for the remainder of the signal and agitate/wave the flag to indicate a foul has been committed. NB. The flag should NOT be placed across the chest.

 

Following the signal for the foul the assistant referee should make a clear physical sideways movement along the touchline towards the corner flag post keeping alert in case the referee does not see or over-rules the flag signal. 

 

If the referee awards the penalty the assistant referee should stand just in front of the corner flag post until the situation is calm and only then move to the standard position.

 

If the foul is OUTSIDE the penalty area the assistant referee should raise the flag in the same hand that will also be used for the remainder of the signal and agitate/wave the flag to indicate a foul has been committed. Following the signal for the foul the assistant referee should make a clear physical sideways movement along the touchline towards the halfway line to a position level with the front edge of the penalty area and stand still.

 

IN or OUT?? Where a referee penalises a defender near the boundary of the penalty area and seeks guidance from an assistant referee concerning the exact location of the offence, if in a credible position to assist, the assistant referee’s action should be as outlined above without the flag being raised.

 

SUMMARY There is no ‘special’ assistant referee flag signal for a penalty kick.  When the foul is clearly inside the penalty area, if needed, the ‘normal’ indication for a foul should be followed by a clear physical sideways movement to the goal line – the flag should not be placed across the chest.  When the foul is outside the penalty area, if needed, the assistant referee should make a clear physical sideways movement to a position level with the front edge of the penalty area.


 

If you require any further advice or guidance on this directive please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Eamonn

 

Society Chairman

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The new Nike referee kit is available for only £58.50 (Full kit) from Tuesday 1st July 2014.  (Embroidery is available for an additional £8)

 

Please note: In accordance with Lancashire FA Directives. Only Match officials who officiate on the Barclays Premier League & The SKYBET football league are allowed to wear colours other than black.

 

For further details why not check out the following website:

http://www.ref-store.co.uk/2014nikekit-p/004.htm

 

 

Are you interested in joining Preston Referees Society, if you are email Eamonn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 01772 864466

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